The thing about trying everything is that it almost always means “everything I’m willing to do right now.” In the words of Yoda, “Do or do not; there is no try.” If you’re not sleeping, you’re not sleeping, and it doesn’t matter how many things you’ve tried. You’re going to go on not sleeping until you do the thing that actually fixes the problem. If you haven’t found the solution yet, there are options left to try. That doesn’t, however, mean that you’re necessarily aware of them.

What’s really going on?

There are 3 vital questions to answer in diagnosing our sleep (or lack of it): when, where, and how much. If you’ve been trying to get better sleep, it’s likely that you’ve experimented with when and how much. Those things are flexible and under your control. That said, they’re also factors that can be influenced by other circumstances in your life. When unexpected things happen, we can find ourselves unable to sleep at the right times and for the ideal length of time. The thing that’s least likely to change, though, is where you sleep. If you’re the type who’s always on the road and can’t enjoy a consistent sleeping space, we can only hope the quality and comfort of your sleep evens out to a minimal sleep debt. But most of us sleep in the exact same place, with the exact same mattress, maybe even in the exact same position, every night.

Is your mattress the elephant in the room?

The mattress is the most essential gear of sleep. It’s also the least exciting, while at the same time requiring the most commitment. Fabrics, thread counts, toppers, and a million other easily changeable variables make us feel more or less comfortable in a very active way. If your sheets are too warm or scratchy, you can identify the issue, change the sheets, and forget about the problem. Our mattresses affect us more passively. It happens over time, and then it takes time to notice. Very rarely can a person lay down on a bed for the first time and identify the characteristics that will bother them or give them blissful sleep. Mattresses are subtle. That’s part of the reason it can be hard to shop for a mattress, and it’s also why we offer a totally flexible mattress return policy with our Goodnight Sleep Guarantee. It’s the passive, boring, and expensive nature of mattresses that leads just about everyone to a lifetime of willfully ignoring them.

Consider what you’re sacrificing.

If you really have tried everything, including replacing your mattress, and you’re still not sleeping, we hope you’ll make two calls – one to the mattress store and one to your doctor. Sleep is essential to health, and not getting it has much broader effects than just making you need more coffee. That’s why it’s so important to identify or eliminate your mattress as the potential cause of your struggle for sleep. The investment of money and time that it takes to find your perfect mattress is trivial compared to the financial and physical costs of back pain, muscle aches, and fatigue. Your health and the quality of your everyday life are at stake. We’re not here to make you buy a new mattress. But we are determined to let you know why you should consider whether you need one.

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